Monday, August 22, 2011

Itinerary # 34

Another challenge using the verb sound. I used a photo taken of  one of my grand daughters giving me a kiss. The quote I used that inspired the layout was by Oliver Wendell Holmes. "The sound of a kiss is not as loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Itinerary #33

Doing a bit of catch up on the challenges from the Art Journal Caravan. # 33 challenge was the verb light. I used a layout I made while taking the class Digi: In Deeper at Jessica Sprague.

I'm pleased with the results and have had lovely feed back from the Gallery forum at Sudio Girls.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Self Portrait

I have spent the day trying to catch up on the enormous number of emails that were waiting to be dealt with after our two weeks at the cottage. As a reward to myself for being so diligent all day I decided to have a bit of play time.
Tangie over  at Studio Girls Scrapbookgraphics post the Adventure Quest this month and it  is a self portrait.  They going to be creating an "altered" self-portraiture book with as many members of the Art Journal Caravan 2011 who want to participate. I decided to go for it and use a layout I made some time ago as my portrait. There is a bit of symbolism and a lot of spoof in my self portrait. Now back to all of those emails!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Alice is back

This past week our challenge from the Art Journal  Caravan was to use the verb collect.
My take on it was collecting one wits.  "Alice took a deep breath to collect herself before following the white rabbit".  I do enjoy making fantasy  journal pages and making up a little story to go along.

I also started a embroidery project this week, but more of that in another post.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Photoshop

Continuing my obsession with Photoshop and my determination to learn how to use it to it's fullest, which as I write this I don't think I'll ever be able to do,  I took another on line class. This time the class  was self paced  which is not as enjoyable as having fellow students. Each of the 8 lessons was given in PDF form which is more difficult than watching a video. I did have access to the instructor who answered my question. The class was called Advanced Element Creations in Photoshop and I purchased it from Digital Scrapbook Place. I think the class should have been called Styles and how to use them. At the end of the class the project was to make a wooden frame with a metal rim embellished with a ring of pearls and a glass over the frame.
Next week I start another design class at Jessica called the
 Art of Digital Design II.   I'm a bit nervous about this one and being able to keep up. Our instructor is Carina Gardner a very talented designer as well as a excellent teacher. Many of my classmates in the spring class and have gone on to open or work for digital shops, not one of my ambitions! I just enjoy the process of creating without the need to sell what I create.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ship of Dreams

One of the things that attracted me to Photoshop was the use of brushes, I find them almost magical. I read a tutorial  earlier this week on how to make a bubble brush and I was so pleased with the results that I wanted to use it in a layout right away. The photo of my little granddaughters seem to work well  floating inside of the large bubble as did the figures I used of them for the ship. The quote I used for the layout was made up by me. Background paper and elements came from kits by Nicole Young and Lauren Bevin.

Another photo playing around with a orb brush that I made. Do you think it looks a bit like a crystal ball?